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MTA Launches A Campaign Against "Manspreading" On The Subway


"Manspreading" by Gothamist

Daily MailMen taking the New York subway are being asked to sit more considerately as part of a new campaign to tackle ‘manspreading on the city’s public transport. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is set to unveil public service advertisements aimed at men who spread their legs and hog an unfair amount of space on packed subway trains. A poster will read: ‘Dude…Stop the Spread, Please’, alongside an image of two subway commuters forced to stand because a man is sitting in the typical ‘manspread stance – legs splayed into a wide V-shape. The campaign, which will carry the slogan, ‘Courtesy Counts: Manners Make a Better Ride’, is also targeting other subway users, such as those whose bulky backpacks get in the way of other riders. The new adverts come as more customers are crowding onto New York underground trains than at any other time in recent history.  As many as 6.1 million riders were logged to have used the Subway on a single day in 2014, up from just under 5.1 million customers on the busiest day a decade ago.  ‘Manspreading’ has become a hotly debated topic for subway riders, who go so far as to post photographs of the worst culprits on Twitter or even confront them on video.   They are then asked to measure with a tape the appropriate amount of space allotted for a considerate ‘manspread’. Here the results differ – from six inches to 18. The author of the report acknowledged that the MTA is about to launch a campaign to raise awareness about the issue, but added that ‘we still have a long way to go.  ‘The next time you get on the train, look down at your own knees – how far apart are they? If there’s space enough for a litter of puppies or a celebrity selfie group shot, you are taking up too much space. Pull it in. Don’t make us find you.’

Well fuck this. Your average New York City male is the least protected of all subway riders. I mean, sure, we dont really ever have anyone groping us when the train is crowded and no bums really jerk off to us/on us. But still. We’re expected to give up our sets for old women. For fat bitches. For pregnant broads. And the few precious times we do get a seat to ourselves now they’re telling us how to sit down. Smush your nuts, they say. Stick your balls to your legs, they say. Unbelievable. Whadda you want me to cross my legs like I’m some sort of gayball? Ive got a dick and two balls in there and I need to let them breathe. I’m not saying I’m gonna do the full spread eagle with your groin out for the boys, but dont expect me to close my legs like I’m some chick in a skirt. The subway seat is a rare gift and when I do get it I’m not going to intentionally smush my cock and be uncomfortable all so there’s 6 more inches of room on the bench.

And really how about the MTA focuses on the important things? A Metro Card costs like nine thousand dollars a month now. The 2nd avenue construction is a never ending project of misery. I’m pretty sure something crazy like 18 people fucking DIED last year on the platforms. Stop worrying about my crotch and start worrying about that shit, MTA.

PS – This campaign is real low key sneaky racist.